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The Taj Mahal Agra
Taj Mahal is
to India …. this country’s most famous architectural wonder so is
the Statue of Liberty to America, the pyramids to Egypt and the
leaning tower of Pisa to Itlay.
The construction of this marble masterpiece is credited to the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan who erected this mausoleum in memory of his beloved wife Arjumand Bano Begum; known as Mumtaz Mahal (Jewel or chosen of the palace) who died in A.D. 1630 after she had given birth to his fourteeth child, Gauhar-ara-Begum. Her last wish was ` to build a tomb in her memory such as the world had never seen before’. Thus Shah Jehan vowed to erect a sublime mausoleum in her memory. It was named the Taj Mahal, a peerless monument in pristine marble.
Taj is simply Taj, unique and incomparable. In the entire diction there may not be a word that aptly describes or characterizes it, and in man’s entire architectural world hardly a building structure gives an idea of how Taj looks like. Brush and colours may recreate on canvas Taj’s likeness but not the illusiveness that it creates, the heights that it possesses, the magic that it works, or the mysticism that pervades around. The Taj is not a thing which one might see by someone else’s eye, or rather even by one’s own eye, for this eye too beholds only its partial truth, as when the beholds it a second, or third time, it simply asks itself”, did I ever see this splendour before?”.
The Taj, a marvel among buildings, belongs to an age when leisure added zest to living and appreciation was meant to be savoured slowly. Discovering the secrets of the Taj is like discovering the different moods of a woman, for it not only changes colour according to the time of the day but also with every change in the season. The Taj sparkles like a jewel at night; golden, as the semi-precious inlaid stones on the main mausoleum catch the glow of moon and silver ,as the light of full moon shines upon the cool,white dome.Though the extreme magnificence and beauty of the Taj can be appreciated best in the subtle moonlight , the radiance of dawn and the orange glow of the sunset also illumine the splendour of this most beautiful monument,rendering it pinkish in the morning and milky white in the evening.Its stunning architectural beauty is said to have a life of its own,a life that leaps out of the marble.
The Taj Mahal is
probably the most famous building in the world. Its picture has
covered many magazines and travel brochures, and everyone has
probably seen a picture of it, but nothing really compares
like the real thing - the Taj Mahal looks a lot better in reality
than on a picture. Even those who come to see the Taj with high
expectations never fail to be overwhelmed by its beauty.
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